Philosophy at Malone

The philosophy program at Malone aims to help students think critically about life’s most important questions. These questions are intended to promote serious reflection about God, human nature, morality, and the basis of human happiness. Exploring these subjects can help students clarify and defend their beliefs, provide a better understanding of culturally influential ideas, and encourage a distinctively Christian understanding of the world and human life.

The Philosophy major at Malone offers three tracks: General Philosophy, Theology, and Law. You may also add a minor to complement any area of study.

Why study Philosophy at Malone? 

Studying Philosophy can also help students develop a range of crucially important skills that are applicable in virtually all academic disciplines. Specifically, the study of Philosophy can:

  • broaden one’s understanding of many disciplines
  • help cultivate good reasoning skills
  • enable one to write well
  • teach one to argue effectively

Skills of this sort are invaluable in preparing students for graduate school, seminary, law school, teaching, and a host of non-academic careers.  In fact, Philosophy majors routinely receive some of the highest scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), and the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).

Philosophy in the news

The value of a philosophy degree has been getting considerable attention in the press.  The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Wall Street Journal, and other news outlets have praised philosophy for its ability to teach enduring, transferable skills that withstand volatile economies. (click here for details).

Our graduates

Malone Graduates studying philosophy have gone on to pursue a variety of fruitful vocations, including:

  • Law
  • Pastoral ministry
  • Research/Teaching
  • Film
  • Marketing
  • Professional Writing/Editing
  • Creative Writing
  • Library Science

Course Curriculum

This major includes 15 credit hours of required core courses and the completion of one of three tracks. The General Philosophy track includes 15 credit hours. The Philosophy-Theology track includes 24 credit hours. The Philosophy-Law track includes 21 credit hours. Each course and additional requirements are listed in the official Academic Catalog.


catalog buttonsOnce in the catalog, you can use the buttons (pictured left) located at the upper right of the page to plan your courses, save courses to your own personalized catalog, print them, and more!

Philosophy minor

Students who are majoring in another program may choose to take a Philosophy minor in addition to their primary course of study. A minor normally consists of a minimum of 15 semester hours, 6 of which must be taken at the 300/400 level. Each academic school or department must approve the student and curriculum to be used in the completion of each minor for the Office of the Registrar to verify at the point of graduation.

Alumni Profile

Mike Terry

After double majoring in Philosophy (Theology track) and Theology, Mike was accepted into graduate school at Asbury Theological Seminary.